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(Updated   Ocober 6 
Total no. of  phone subscriptions: 1.0168 billion (1016.8 million)
Mobiles  991 million 
Landlines: 25.8 million 
Total no. of PCs: 100 million 
Internet users:  300 million  including  mobile Internet 159  million
Broadband:  110 million
(wired: 16 million;   wireless : 94 million)
TV owning houses: 150 million ( DTH: 54 million)
DTH operators: 6;     Private TV channel  826

NEW!  UN Broadband Commission's STATE OF BROADBAND  report  2015 ( Sep. 2015) 
India & SAARC numbers
Mobile Internet in India  IAMAI  study  July 2015
E-commerce is Indias new sun-rise industry; set to reach USD 16 billion this year: ASSOCHAM-Deloitte study
Ericsson  Study: Indian Mobile Broadband landscape ( May 2015)

Indian e-gov documents released  Dec 25 2014
- Indian usage of video on mobile... Vuclip study
- Akamai data on Internet speeds in India and Asia
- India Internet numbers for 2014 from IAMAI

- IAMAI study on Mobile Internet in India
- Gartner study on 3-D printer market


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  Indiatech will reach $ 200 billion in 5 years: NASSCOM
New Delhi, October 6, 2015:  The Indian technology and services industry is on track to reach its goal of $200 billion to $225 billion in revenues by 2020 and $350 billion by 2025, finds a NASSCOM study. India’s technology and business service providers are at the cusp of a significant opportunity as digital technologies get embedded in a widening range of products and services, says the report: Perspective 2025: Shaping the Digital Revolution, based on extensive research conducted for over a year by McKinsey. ....
Charting the road to broadband nirvana..
Virtualised network functions, software defined radio,  will drive ultra-fast  communications: Broadband Forum Bangalore, October 5 2015: It's uncanny how  fact can sometimes  mimic fiction. Thirteen years after  Steven Spielberg's futuristic, 'Minority   report', so many of the  technologies  in that Tom Cruise-starrer,   have become  a reality:  multi-touch screens,  motion sensing phones,  retina scanners,  e-paper, insect-sized robots, face recognizing  billboards. ....
'India's first' family app is here
October 4, 2015: Claiming to be  India’s first family app with the largest content relevant to parents, mycity4kids  has  introduced a  Family Organizer: an App for modern multi-tasking  mums mycity4kids. ...
Indians embrace organic options, survey finds
New Delhi, October 3, 2015: Leadig Indian natural and organic products player,  Joybynature. ...
A Chinese David takes on Goliaths, Samsung and iPhone
October 2 2015: Chinese internet conglomerate company LETV,  known to be a  contemplating  entering the India market, has just chalked  up   a record on its home ground, beating both  iPhone and Samsung for online high-end ( ie $472 or more per  unit ) smart phone sales for two months in a row. ...

Education and e-learning
Battle of Minds, a game way for learning
New Delhi, September  28, 2015: ConveGenius, an edutainment start-up, focused on digitizing education and making it fun and affordable,  has  launched a gaming network mobile application - Battle of Minds for the Android users -- a  real-time multi-player contest platform where users can engage, interact, play and learn by competing against each other. ....
Kerala kids in govt schools to get Raspberry Pi kits
Thiruvananthapuram, September 20 2015:  School kids in Kerala  will be provided  Raspberry Pi computers  to unleash their creativity.  Speaking at a function in the state capital to launch an Electronics@School programme, the Chief Minister Oomen Chandy said  in addition to distributing some 7500 Raspberry Pi kits to  school children under the   "Learn to Code" programme, the state would also ensure that every government school  would get electronics kits to  nurture the 'maker'culture. ....

Travel & Tourism Technology
Huge demand for in-flight WiFi, finds Inmarsat survey
October  3 2015:  A new survey of more than 6,000 airline passengers reveals the very strong demand for in-flight broadband services across all age groups and those travelling for either business or leisure. The 2015 In-Flight Connectivity Survey was conducted by  satcom leaders  Inmarsat and market research company GfK. .... extends its Android travel app to Apple users
Bangalore,  September 18 2015:  Hard on the  heels  launching an Android app, Asia's largest travel network,  has unveiled its iOS app with  new features like fare calendar, Express Checkout and real-time chat. Available for the iPhone and iPad on iOS7, the app features a clean interface that allows user to quickly hone in on the lowest airfares using intuitive filters, rapid sorting and fare calendar. ....

Tata Sky launches Actve Fitness on its DTH platform
Mumbai, October 6, 2015:  DTH provider ata Sky, the, has joined hands with Brilliant Living TV (a Suniel Shetty & Adarsh Gupta initiative) to launch an interactive service - ‘Actve Fitness’ - a first of its kind fitness training service on a DTH platform in the country. ....
Columbia Asia partners with Microsoft to create cloud-based hospital management system
New Delhi,  September 8  2015: International healthcare group Columbia Asia has partnered with Microsoft to evolve a next-generation cloud ready hospital management system to meet its emerging enterprise needs. Columbia Asia is currently using its proprietary hospital management system, Care21. ....
Healthcare platform Practo, now in Indonesia
Bangalore,  September 3 2015: Indian talent fueled and Asia’s leading healthcare platform, Practo,   has entered  the world's 4th most populous country  --Indonesia. ...

Product Pulse
Gionee F103: Functional Fashion
Gionee’s first model in its new fashion range, balances style and specs Bangalore, October 5 2015: Many smart phones today  are  X-treme  devices,  price-wise and spec-wise. Some have enough battery life to  last you   on a desert island for months, a few have cameras that  vie with SLRs. ....
Evo Gamepad Pro Mobile gaming device
Plug n’ play redefined Bangalore,  September 28 2015: You can now dock your smart phone to a gaming controller and simulate your own console. Amkette has recently launched the Evo Gamepad Pro, which claims to be the country’s first Android smart phone gaming device. ....
Penta T-Pad Model WS704DX: Lead a double life!
September 28 2015: For some days now,  we  have been trying out an unpretentious tablet that lets you  play the double role that many are forced to adopt. ...

IT's for you
  Bank and Finance IT event offers rare insight into Canadian opportunity
October 4, 2015: The 2nd Bank & Finance IT Canada- Expo  & Conference opens  October 8,  in Toronto, featuring  a wide array of banking solution vendors and  security focused software vendors. Bank & Finance IT will focus on Information Technologies Innovations in the Investment Banking, Retail Banking & Corporate banking sectors. ....
Cloud South East Asia brings IT decision makers to Kuala Lumpur
Kuala Lumpur, October 2 2015: Cloud South East Asia is the region’s content led ICT event for C-level IT decision makers, operations and development teams, as well as Telco Cloud Service Providers looking to leverage the opportunities Cloud and Mobility technologies offer. ....
Kaspersky Internet Security --multidevice
One-shot remedy Bangalore, September 28 2015: In the traditional wisdom of Kerala-based  ayurveda, Ottamooli or  "single ingredient" is a cure based on a single dose -- something  only seasoned practitioners  dare  to prescribe. ...
Casio G-Shock GBA-400: Bluetooth power on your wrist
Semtember 28 2015:  2015 has been the year of the health band and the smart watch. There are smart watches today that measure heart rate, calculate how many calories you burn and how soundly you sleep. ...
Advent launches its first Bluetooth speaker in India
Gurgaon,  September 19, 2015:Advent, the flagship brand of Adit Infratel Pvt Ltd  and a leading brand in the mobile accessories and peripherals market, has launched its maiden Bluetooth speaker : the ET -01 BUTF. ...

IT people
  Bassam Tabbara to head technology at Quantum
SAN JOSE, Calif.(US), Sept. 30, 2015:  Quantum Corp has  announced the appointment of Bassam Tabbara as chief technology officer, with responsibility for driving the company’s long-term technology strategy as it builds on its leadership in  scale-out storage , archive and  data protection. ....
Prith Banerjee is global CTO at Schneider Electric
New Delhi, September 28, 2015: Global leader in energy management and automation – Schneider Electric -- has appointed  Prith Banerjee as its new Chief Technology Officer. Prith will be in charge of accelerating Schneider Electric’s R&D throughput and of driving the Innovation and R&D simplification programs under the Company Program “Schneider is On”. ....
Lycos founder Michael Mauldin rejoins as director
Hyderabad,  August 24 2015 : Michael Mauldin, the founder ofLYCOS  in 1994  is rejoining the new    Indian-led entity as  an Independent Director on its Board  from today. ...

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Uphill task for Skill India mission
The Modi government will have its work cut out on skill development; just over one in 10 adults reported having received any vocational training, according to new official data, and the bulk of it was informal. The Hindu  September 24 2015

Supercomputers to be installed at 73 locations across country
The National Supercomputing Mission (NSM), a mission to have supercomputers at IITs, the Centres for Development of Advanced Computing (C-DACs) and the Indian Institutes of Scientific Education and Research (IISER’s) has decided to place supercomputers in 73 locations across the country including several in Bengaluru.   Deccan Herald September 25 2015

Dell digs Digital India, eyes openings in Smart Cities
Michael Dell, founder of the privately owned American computer technology firm that carries his name, indicated  that initiatives such as Make in India and those in the Digital India space had the potential to write a new chapter in the firm’s India investment diary. “The Smart Cities project is a tremendous opportunity for us,” Dell observed at an interaction with the media. The Dell chief also signalled he was watching the Indian start-up ecosystem closely.....Financial Express  September 8 2015


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